Lisa Robertson

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Lisa Robertson
Born (1961-07-22)July 22, 1961
Toronto, Canada
Occupation Poet, professor
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Genre Poetry, essay

Lisa Robertson (born July 22, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian poet. She lived for many years in Vancouver, briefly in Oakland, California, and currently lives in France.[1][2]

Life and work[edit]

In 1979, Robertson moved to British Columbia, where she remained for twenty-three years. During her time there, she was a member of The Kootenay School of Writing, which is a writer-run collective, and Artspeak Gallery. Her first book was a chapbook, The Apothecary, published by Tsunami Editions in 1991.[3] Since then she has published six books of poetry and two books of essays.

Robertson studied at Simon Fraser University[4] (1984–1988), then left the university to become an independent bookseller (1988–1994). Since 1995 she has been a freelance writer and teacher. Her many essays on the contemporary visual arts, published in gallery and museum catalogues since the mid-1990s, are collected in her 2003 book Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture.

In 2006, Robertson was a judge of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Holloway poet-in-residence at UC Berkeley.[4] From 2007 to 2010 she taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Fall 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Robertson has taught in the Master of Fine Arts program at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.[5] In Spring 2014 she was the Bain Swigget lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Apothecary (Vancouver, BC: Tsunami, 1991; reissued 2001)
    • reissued (Toronto: Bookthug, 2007)[3]
  • The Barscheit Horse with Catriona Strang and Christine Stewart (Hamilton, Ontario: Berkeley Horse, 1993)
  • XEclogue II-V (Vancouver: Sprang Texts, 1993)
  • XEclogue (Vancouver, BC: Tsunami Editions 1993, reissued by New Star Books, 1999)
  • The Glove: An Essay on Interpretation (Vancouver: UBC Fine Arts Gallery, 1993)
  • The Badge (Hamilton, Ontario: The Berkeley Horse/Mindware, 1994)
  • Earth Monies (Mission, BC: DARD, 1995)
  • The Descent (Buffalo, NY: Meow, 1996)
  • Debbie: An Epic (Vancouver, BC: New Star, 1997; UK: Reality Street, 1997)
  • Soft Architecture: A Manifesto (Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery, 1999)
  • The Weather (Vancouver, BC: New Star, 2001; UK: Reality Street, 2001)
  • A Hotel (Vancouver: Vancouver Film School, 2003)
  • Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (Astoria, OR: Clear Cut Press, 2003)
  • Face/ (New York: A Rest Press, 2003)
  • Rousseau’s Boat (Vancouver, BC: Nomados, 2004)
  • First Spontaneous Horizontal Restaurant. Belladonna 75. (Brooklyn: Belladonna Books, 2005)
  • The Men: A Lyric Book (Toronto: BookThug, 2006)
  • Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2009)
  • R's Boat (University of California Press, 2010)
  • Nilling: Prose (Toronto: BookThug, 2012)[2]
  • Cinema Of the Present (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2014) [7]

Selected essays[edit]

  • "Coasting" with Jeff Derksen, Nancy Shaw, and Catriona Strang. Telling it Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s. Ed. Mark Wallace. (Tuscaloosa: Alabama UP, 2002)
  • "The Weather: A Report on Sincerity," from DC Poetry Anthology 2001.[8]
  • "How Pastoral: A Manifesto." A Poetics of Criticism. Ed. Juliana Spahr. (Buffalo: Leave Books, 1994)
  • "My Eighteeneth Century." Assembling Alternatives. Ed. Romana Huk. (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2003)
  • "On Palinode." Chicago Review 51:4/52:1 (2006)

Selected interviews and conversations[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Editor1 (2013-05-19). "Andy Fitch with Lisa Robertson". The Conversant. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b "BookThug Publishing - Nilling by Lisa Robertson, Lisa Robertson". Bookthug.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "BookThug Publishing - The Apothecary by Lisa Robertson, Launch Packages". Bookthug.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Lisa Robertson". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  5. ^ Rusty Talk. "Lisa Robertson: Poet". The Rusty Toque. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Lisa M Robertson | Department of English". English.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Cinema of the Present | Coach House Books". Chbooks.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Robertson, Lisa". Dcpoetry.com. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 

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